The One Book One Nebraska title for 2021 will be the featured Book Club selection for the month of February at the Ainsworth Public Library. “Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II” by James J. Kimble will take readers across the entire state of Nebraska during the scrap metal drive early in America’s involvement in World War II. When Henry Doorly initially developed a plan to urge citizens to donate scrap metal to help with arms production, he had no idea that his plan would expand from Omaha to the entire state and then be used as model for a national scrap drive. The book covers every county’s participation in the Nebraska Plan, and how it fit into the large effort on a national level. The library will have copies available after January 19th. We will have a book discussion on the title on February 16th at 2 p.m. Please stop by and get a copy to read!
The One Book One Nebraska reading program is entering its seventeenth year. It encourages Nebraskan across the state to read and discuss one book, chosen from books written by Nebraska authors or that have a Nebraska theme or setting. The One Book One Nebraska is sponsored by Nebraska Center for the Book, Humanities Nebraska, The Backwaters Press, and the Nebraska Library Commission.